November 20, 2005 at 3:25 PM (General)

Thought I should post this to let people know that I am, in fact, alive.

I had a terrific 6 days in Hyderabad.  The fact that it was Diwali on November 1 was incidental.  What mattered was I got to spend time with my family, watch some movies (including the fantastic Saw II), play Doom and Quake 3 over a bluetooth network with Varun and in general, relax.  Varun and myself deathmatched on his own creation, Short ‘n Quick 2.

My laptop has 30 GB more data on it now!

The past few days have been more of the usual, punctuated by the fact that I won the first prize in a Painting Competition, organised as part of TCS’ Ripples 2005.  The prize was a Rs. 251 gift voucher at Odyssey, and these are the items I ended up buying:

  • Many Gotham Comics!  So glad to see the newer batch of them after a very long time.  The DC titles have the company’s new logo on them too!  Disappointed though that the latest Planetary issue isn’t out yet.
  • Fanboy by Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones (and a host of other comic book artists).  This TPB collects issues 1-6 of the series.  I read #1 and #2 last night, it’s very good.
  • VCDs of The Last Boy Scout and Natural Born Killers.
  • A Justice League Unlimited action figure.  I got the Batman one.

Movies watched recently (in no particular order):

  • Saw II (Fantastic!  Better than the original!)
  • Equilibrium (very good)
  • Red Eye (exciting thriller)
  • Ghajini (expected a Memento ripoff but it wasn’t, and I liked it)
  • Submerged (starring Steven Seagal, low-budget action directed by Anthony Hickox.  It wasn’t good)
  • Akira (superb SF anime)
  • Hellraiser: Hellworld (OK movie, part 7, Hellraiser: Deader was better)

I read Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon also recently.  It’s a great book.

I’ve also been working on some Doom levels (small ones).  Actually, if I put together the scraps of unfinished levels I have, I should be able to get a small 3-map or so episode done!  When I went to Hyderabad this time I copied the levels of The Ninth Gate, including E4M8, which is the only map left to be done, and I plan to work on it in my free time.

I have bought lots of DVDs in the last couple of months.  These are the ones which have sometimes 3, 4, or 5 movies on them.  One of my favourite DVDs is the one with all four Alien movies on it!

I do realise this is a somewhat incoherent post.  It’ll have to do, as I’m sitting in a browsing centre.  I wanted to get the MicroDVD player so that I can watch an AVI of Casshern with subtitles!

More later.


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Posting from Chennai Airport

November 1, 2005 at 5:04 AM (General)

OK, so it is now 5:05 AM and I am at Chennai airport.  I left from Ambattur with Rajith at 3:30 AM.  Rajith has boarded his flight to Mumbai.

My flight to Hyderabad only leaves at 6:50 AM, which means I have a good 45 minutes left before checking in.  I expected that there would be internet access here, and it turns out I’m right.  Downloaded Varun‘s "Blur" wallpaper, and reading The Arrow‘s review for Saw II.

I will be in Hyderabad for about a week.  Returning to Chennai on 6th evening.

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